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Match courses to jobs, colleges urged

2nd July, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Public and private learning institutions are urged to engage industrial players to match graduates with current employment demands.

Minister of Education and Innovation, Datuk Dr. Yusof Yacob, said it is crucial to identify the job requirements in order for graduates to secure jobs which could in turn address the issue of unemployment in the State.

“We must train students to suit the demands of the industry; we don’t just simply train them and leave them doing nothing after getting their certificates just because they do not match industrial requirements.

“My ministry will make sure all IPTA (public higher learning institutions) and IPTS (private higher learning institutions) engage and have strategic partnership with industry players.

“I think we can solve all the mismatch and unemployment in Sabah,” he said during Asia Metropolitan College Kota Kinabalu Scholarship Award and a MoU signing ceremony here yesterday.

According to him, students also need to have an open mind and pick courses based on current needs rather than choosing a discipline based on personal likes and interests.

He said today’s job market calls for people with great thinking ability and problem solving skills among others. He reminded students that there was ‘no easy way’.

“A lot of students are in favour of easy courses that do not require a lot of thinking skills, for example drama, literature and language.

“The current needs are skill-based courses (that require) machine operation, thinking ability, problem solving and others,” said Yusof who urged students not to shy away from problems and always be on the look out to improving their soft skills.

He noted that only half of the average 50,000 school-leavers in the State yearly have the opportunity to pursue tertiary education due to reasons such as poverty or geographical condition.

“However, this ministry will stress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), so that no student is left behind in terms of acquiring skills.

“Under my ministry, we’ll make sure that we will not let these people behind; everybody should be given the opportunity to pursue tertiary education.

“The State government under my ministry will strengthen TVET in the future and we hope we can work together with industrial players,” Yusof said.

The ceremony saw nine Asia Metropolitan College students receiving full scholarship worth RM480,000 from the RM1.5 million allocated this year under the Palan Foundation of Minda Global Berhad, the college’s holding company.

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the college and seven industry players to mark their collaboration in two main areas – internship opportunity and job placement priority – for AMC students.

According to AMC Kota Kinabalu chief executive officer Kristy Ng Sze Nee, the college has produced more than 4,000 graduates in various fields since its inception 10 years ago.

She said the college will continue to produce balanced graduates and seek greater and new opportunities for its students in the future.

The 10th year anniversary celebration yesterday also saw dancing, singing performances and competition apart from information booths set up by six participating non-governmental organisations.

Also present were AMC’s Board of Advisors Chairman Datuk KY Mustafa and Head of College Operations Kalaiarasu Malayandi.

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